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PureADK Pioneers

Matt Strickland
Favorite Activities: Paddling & Skiing
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Alyssa Devlin
Alyssa Devlin is a freelance writer and MFA candidate in Poetry who grew up hiking and skiing the ‘dacks and is now based in Washington, DC. She spends her days fighting the heat with daydreams of swimming in cool Adirondack lakes. You can find her at alyssadevlin.com.



Manuel Palacios
Manuel (Manny) is a scientist and outdoor photographer based out of Upstate New York in the Mohawk River area. He spends most days and nights wandering around the beauty of the Adirondacks. For Manuel, landscape photography is not just a means to document moments, but a way to artistically interpret and feel landscapes. He loves pushing photography to its technical limits and enjoys teaching others how to get the most from their cameras.



Kevin Lenhart
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Valerie Manne
Valerie is a designer, woodworker, and adventurer. Being an Adirondack native, the Adirondacks have been the place she calls home even when living 3,000 miles away. Although she doesn't live inside the park boundaries at the moment - Most weekends you can find her with a camera exploring it's mountains, forests, or lakes.



Dennis Gallagher
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Nick LaScala
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Sam Perkins
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Tyler Merriam
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Jay Whitbourne
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.



Arien Cronk
Matt has spent several years exploring different parts of the Adirondack Park. His favorite activities include paddling and cross-country skiing. He's a huge fan of animals, with 3 of his own pets and enjoys a good cup of coffee to start each day. As a graduate of SUNY Potsdam in their Outdoor Education Program, Matt is fond of sharing his knowledge and passions with others. From working as a Camp Counselor at Camp Gorham, acting as the Store Manager for Fountain Square Outfitters, and now traveling around the northeast as a Regional Sales Rep for Vert Outdoors, Matt is well versed with his knowledge of the outdoors.